Altona College Year 8 Camp Blog
On Wednesday 22nd February, we welcomed a group of year 8 legends from Altona College, It was a pleasure to have you all. So many students pushed themselves outside of their comfort zones on multiple occasions. What an incredible bunch of humans. You should all be very proud of yourselves. Over camp, there were many cool things to be learned. Such as The Summits Five Keys and setting targets, stretches, and super starches.
1. Have Fun
2. Play All In
3. Make Lots of Mistakes
4. Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable
5. Don’t Go Home Wondering What If
Many of the students played all in and used these keys on numerous occasions. So well done to you all, we hope you keep using the Five Keys and keep having all the FUN!
To start camp off the students played a fun game of 50 up. Once our bodies were warmed up it was time to split off into our groups. In total there were 5 groups. Each team had an initiative to complete in 10 minutes and had the opportunity to create a team name. To those who successfully completed the challenge well done and to those who didn’t, it led to a productive debrief of things to improve on for the next activity. Once the student learned how to put on a harness it was time to rock and roll.
The afternoon consisted of swinging on the tallest Giant Swing in Victoria, climbing 18 meters up our Summit tower to complete The Summit Window. What a prime example of getting comfortable with being uncomfortable. The fun didn’t stop there, the students were sliding and dodging one another on the Laser tag field, navigating around to find all the points for both Orienteering and the Scavenger Hunt.
The joy of having a few groups meant that there where a range of activities that required different skill sets. To those who challenged themselves and stepped outside their comfort zones, well done!!! That’s what it’s all about.
Again, for those who hit their super stretches, you should all be very proud of yourselves. We hope that you keep giving everything your very best. After some well-deserved dinner, it was time to shower and get ready for a round of Minute to Win It games ran by the Altona teaching crew.
After a good night’s sleep and some delicious breakfast, it was time to start the morning off by setting ourselves an intention. As the saying goes 'win the morning, with the day'. We hope by thinking about who you wanted to be for the day and how you wanted to show up, it helped you achieve some incredible super stretches.
We played many games to get our bodies moving. Congratulations to Holly and Caitlin for winning Jockeys. As the morning rolled on we continued to challenge ourselves and achieve goals that seemed impossible. As they say, “time flies when you’re having fun”. And that it did, After lunch, it was time to change into our clothes to get wet, dirty, and muddy. After testing each other in a few tug-of-war, rallies and water fights it was time to embark on The Summit's very own Monster Course. Awesome efforts to every team who gave it their all. Not only did the students complete the course once but TWICE. What an incredible job! Each team was timed, the first lap was to see how fast they could go and the second was to see how much faster they could run the lap when they were wet, tired, and dirty. The mud run is all about reliance and seeing what you are truly capable of when you feel like you have nothing left in the tank. What a way to bring the afternoon to a close. Safe to say all the students were excited to jump in the warm shower and have some hot spaghetti with garlic bread for dinner followed by a movie.
As the next morning rolled around, we spent time thinking about all the things, we get to be thankful for in our world. When you take a second every day to think about all the things you have to be grateful for it's hard to be sad. Thank you to those who shared a few things they were grateful for. Remember to remind yourselves not to take the little things for granted.
We played a game of Pirates and the 5 winners were Larissa, Ebony, Aiden P, Charlie S, and Rach. As we kicked off it was time for a few new activities. These included leaping from a 12-meter-high platform and grabbing the Leap of Faith bar, participating in team trust games, balancing over the tight ropes with a partner at High Wire, and walking very the very wobbly Sky Bridge, for those who fell and got back up you showed incredible resilience.
To complete our final debrief we asked the students to vote for one person in the group who they believed truly embraced all of The Summit's Five Keys. Congratulation to the following students: (Look in Table)
Incredible efforts Legends!
We want to wish you all the very best for the school year, thank you for writing lots of GMIC’S. Keep giving them to one another when you get back to school.
All the best,
From The Summit Team in Blue